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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-12-01

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  • [01] Draft law on complete lifting of cabotage
  • [02] US VP Biden in Athens early next month

  • [01] Draft law on complete lifting of cabotage

    AMNA / The development, competitiveness & shipping ministry on Thursday announced that a draft law on sea tourism, which will also include a clause completing lifting cabotage restrictions for international cruise companies, will be tabled in Parliament next week.

    Chryssohoidis said that “while Greece is among the most popular cruise tourism destinations, we have virtually no disembarkations, which is translates into lost revenues. Furthermore, we end up sending tourists away because of clauses that essentially block the liberalisation of the cruise sector.” amna

    The minister underlined that the complete lifting of cabotage in the cruise sector will lead to the creation of new infrastructure at ports and the mainland, bringing more revenues to tourism sector entrepreneurs.

    [02] US VP Biden in Athens early next month

    NEW YORK (AMNA) -- US Vice President Joe Biden will be in Athens on Dec. 5, during a tour of the region that also encompasses Ankara on Dec. 2 and Istanbul, where he will attend an international conference on entrepreneurship, before arriving in Greece.

    Greek-American relations, issues of Greek interest such as the Cyprus problem, the fYRoM 'name issue', religious freedom and the Ecumenical Patriarchate will be on the agenda of Biden's discussions in Athens, as well as the dire economic crisis and problems in the wider region.

    Biden will be received by President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias, while he will also meet separately with Premier Lucas Papademos, PASOK leader and former prime minister George Papandreou, and New Democracy (ND) leader Antonis Samaras.

    Biden's national security advisor Tony Blinken spoke with the press during a teleconference on Monday night about Biden's visit. AMNA

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